The Harmonised Seed Security Project (HaSSP) is a four year project being implemented by FANRPAN during the period 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2013. It is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project is implemented in four pilot countries, namely, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The project has five objectives:
Alignment of variety release policies in four member states with SADC protocols.
Alignment of seed certification policies in four member states with SADC protocols.
Alignment of phytosanitary policies in four member states with SADC protocols.
Strengthening of seed certification facilities and equipments.
Assessment of institutional and individual capacity needs, and capacity strengthening.
HaSSP builds upon a foundation laid by prior programmes including those supported by US Agency for International Development (USAID), SDC and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) through the SADC Seed Security Network (SSSN). Others include the Danagro study of national seed systems (1987), 11 regional meetings and five national workshops on seed harmonisation (1988 – 2003) and the three SADC Seed Harmonization Protocols, finalized and endorsed (2007).